Google “Tone” Chrome Extension Lets You Share URLs via Sound

Google has introduced an experimental Chrome extension which is named as “Tone” for all the PC users. Google has released it in order to share URLs between the desktop through Sound (Audio). This may set as a remarkable method that is similar to Email in the Digital Communication Field It connects the people globally and shares things very faster.

Tone – Google Chrome Extension

Tone is an extension for Google Chrome that lets the users share a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) with other computer depending up on the beep sound emanated from that computer. This extension mainly works with the PCs that are present in the same room, via sounds and video conversations in Hangouts.

Necessity of “Tone” Extension

According to the official Research Blog post,

“Tone grew out of the idea that while digital communication methods like email and chat have made it infinitely easier, cheaper, and faster to share things with people across the globe, they’ve actually made it more complicated to share things with the people standing right next to you. Tone aims to make sharing digital things with nearby people as easy as talking to them.”

The blog post from the company adds that, the first version of the extension was built as a prank and resulted in some fun at Google office. They have found that, “it has become a quick task by sharing URL in order to share documents with everyone in a meeting so that they can exchange design files back and forth while collaborating on UI design”. Initially, the transmission frequency of the audio was attuned to the hearing range of humans. Later, the engineers at Google realised that most of the video conference microphones are optimised for human voice, using a ‘minimal DTMF-based audible codec’ was very much reliable.

Tone Reliability

The Chrome Extension “Tone” is actually based on the following functionalities of the user’s computer.

Speaker Volume
Microphone Sensitivity
Optimized Human voice
How to install it on Computer?

Step 1: Initially, the users have to install Google “Tone” from the Chrome Web App Store.

Step 2: After installing the extension successfully, sign into your Google account.

Add Google Tone Extension

Step 3: Open a new tab in the Chrome browser of the link that you want to share.

Step 4: Ensure the speaker volume is at an audible range. Click on the Blue button, then the URL will be displayed on the chrome browser of vicinity computer.

Step 4: Particular user who receives the link will get an option of accessing that URL and open that link.

Step 5: Hence, the Google Tone broadcasts the same URL to other devices that are located within the range. It is mandatory that other machine must have the installed Tone extension and ensure the sound is picked up.

Once the Tone gets installed on your system, the Google Tone extension will turn on the microphone. In order to turn off the microphone, close the browser and turn off extension using browser settings.

Google also mentions that the URL being shared is stored on Google’s servers temporarily. It also added that, the extension gathers anonymous usage data in accordance with the company’s privacy policy.

Security of “Tone”

In terms of security, the Mountain View giant said, “Google Tone only broadcasts URLs, so recipients do not automatically gain access to a page to which they wouldn’t ordinarily have access. If you broadcast your Gmail inbox URL, for example, recipients who click on the Google Tone notification will be prompted to log in to their Gmail. However, Google Tone broadcasts are public by design, so it’s best not to use them to exchange confidential information.”

“Tone” Chrome Extension – Suitable Environment

The company adds that Google Tone may not work in the following environments:

The surroundings with heavy noise and sound.
Far distances.
Poor Internet Connections.
Systems without Microphone availability or incompatible microphones.